Rajasthan Royals have got the self-belief after chasing mammoth totals in the last two matches — and will want to put up a strong challenge against Kolkata Knight Riders, who are on the edge of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 journey.
Rajasthan Royals are currently lying in the fifth position in the points table with 12 points and a run rate of -0.377. To seal the spot in the playoffs, they need to grab two points against KKR and need some luck in their favour.
Here, let’s take a look at how Rajasthan Royals playing XI can shape in for the last league match:
1. Robin Uthappa:
Playing as an opener Robin Uthappa has been more effective for Rajasthan Royals. In the last match, he amassed 30 runs off 23 balls and hit two giant sixes to show his mettle with the bat. However, he is still to play a big knock. He would be hoping to leave the team in a good position against KKR.
2. Ben Stokes:
After going a lot of criticism, Ben Stokes has managed to set the stage on fire. The allrounder demolished MI’s attack with his aggressive batting, scoring the maiden hundred of IPL 2020. Likewise, in the last match, he scored a half-century off 26 balls at the strike rate of 192.00.
3. Sanju Samson:
Sanju Samson has impressed with his half-century and also for stitching a match-winning partnership with Ben Stokes to guide the team to unbelievable victory against MI. The wicketkeeper-batsman repeated the same stint against KXIP as he struck 48 runs off 25 balls, hitting three sixes and four fours.
4. Steve Smith (c):
Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith finished the job for his side against KXIP, scoring 31 runs off 20 balls at the strike rate of 155. 00. He will look to play a good knock against KKR to keep their chances alive for playoffs.
5. Jos Buttler:
Jos Buttler didn’t get the opportunity to bat against MI because Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes finished the job for the team. But in the last match against KXIP, he got the opportunity and fired the boundaries all over the ground as he smashed 22 runs off 11 balls.
6. Rahul Tewatia:
Rahul Tewatia has impressed with his all-round performance. He is the only biggest positive for the team in the last matches. The allrounder is a hard-hitting batsman while has got the knack of picking wickets and also an excellent fielder. He is a vital cog for Rajasthan Royals this season. So, his position in the playing XI is unquestionable.
Riyan Parag proved his mettle with the bat against SRH by stitching up a match-winning partnership with Rahul Tewatia. The youngster played a sensible knock and took the team across the line to seal the win for Rajasthan Royals.
8. Jofra Archer:
Jofra Archer is playing as the allrounder for the team. He has got the runs for the team with his power-hitting while he is the master with the ball. The pacer is the leading wicket-taker for them, picking 19 wickets in 13 matches at the economy rate of 6.69. With the bat, he has scored 107 runs at the staggering strike rate of 198.14.
9. Shreyas Gopal:
Against MI, the spinner got the two crucial wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard. However, it could not halt MI to get on the nerve of the Rajasthan Royals. In the last match, he bowled only one over while leaked 10 runs. He will look to bounce back stronger in the last league match.
10. Kartik Tyagi:
The 19-year-old pacer has impressed with his performance. He has snared seven wickets in the last nine matches, including the prize wicket of Virat Kohli. The fast bowler is having a good season, and the Rajasthan Royals will expect him to continue giving them breakthroughs.
11. Jaydev Undakat:
Javdev Unadkat is probably the weak link of the Rajasthan Royals. He is an expensive bowler, but the franchise has not many options to replace him in the playing XI. In seven matches, he has picked up four wickets at the poor economy rate of 9.91.